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CA: Governor's appointee resigns amid "hate speech" accusation ("Hate" is the 'in' thing, I guess)
AP - Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/16/07 | AP

Posted on 08/16/2007 9:51:10 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

A low-level appointee of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger resigned Thursday after the Democratic leader of the state Senate accused him of posting a picture on his blog that amounted to "hate speech."

Sam Wakim, a member of the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, had posted a picture of a fake California driver's license designed to depict an illegal-immigrant in a sombrero. The posting was made in 2005 during one of many attempts by legislative Democrats to have Schwarzenegger sign a bill to provide driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants.

Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, called the blog posting appalling in an e-mail statement to reporters. Sabrina Lockhart, chief deputy press secretary for the governor, on Thursday also characterized the picture as "unacceptable and inappropriate." The Sacramento Bee first brought the picture to the attention of the governor's office.

Schwarzenegger appointed Wakim, a self-employed dentist and GOP activist, in 2006.

On Thursday, Wakim made no mention of the blog flap in his resignation letter. He said he was leaving his post to dedicate more time to a 2008 bid for a state Assembly seat. His term on the water board would have expired in 2010.

"I'm pleased to hear Mr. Wakim has resigned," Perata said Thursday in a second statement. "State appointees represent all of California. There's no place for people who indulge in that level of hate speech."

The faux "Mexifornia" driver's license contained a picture of a Mexican worker from a comedy film and said it entitled illegal immigrants to drive, vote, attend college and purchase guns.

There was no answer at Wakim's home Thursday evening.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: accusation; appointee; california; hatespeech; mexifornia; perata; resigns
posted a picture of a fake California driver's license designed to depict an illegal-immigrant in a sombrero

A Hateful act 8-?

1 posted on 08/16/2007 9:51:13 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

I hate “hate”


2 posted on 08/16/2007 9:52:37 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: NormsRevenge

California is already lost.


3 posted on 08/16/2007 9:53:01 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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To: NormsRevenge

They violated the poster’s FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS!


4 posted on 08/16/2007 9:53:04 PM PDT by Mumbles (Because we disagree doesn't make you or me right. Treat each other with respect.)
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To: NormsRevenge
I guess its bigoted to be against illegal immigration in Mexifornia. Que sera, Que sera!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

5 posted on 08/16/2007 9:54:32 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: CindyDawg

Me too.

The dems and those on the left who spew their own venom and then claim the high ground had best be careful on the slippery slope leading to the high road.


6 posted on 08/16/2007 9:55:33 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed)
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To: NormsRevenge

Giuliani wants to run the nation like Schwarzenkennedy runs California.


7 posted on 08/16/2007 9:56:17 PM PDT by Saundra Duffy (Romney Rocks!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Besides... They don't need no steenkin' badges!

8 posted on 08/16/2007 9:56:24 PM PDT by gridlock (ELIMINATE PERVERSE INCENTIVES)
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To: NormsRevenge

This is getting ridiulous.

We are on our way to “hate thoughts”.

I guess a sombrero is now hateful.


9 posted on 08/16/2007 9:56:47 PM PDT by Shelayne (I will continue to pray for President Bush and my country, as I am commanded to do by my Lord.)
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To: NormsRevenge

They did a similar stunt to Savage in San Fransisco. Liberals are crazy Communist Stalinists in California.


10 posted on 08/16/2007 9:57:47 PM PDT by camerakid400
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To: NormsRevenge

11 posted on 08/16/2007 9:58:34 PM PDT by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: NormsRevenge

If it were me I’d say fire me or shut up.


12 posted on 08/16/2007 10:02:19 PM PDT by svcw (There is no plan B.)
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To: NormsRevenge

God I hate this!

Waiting for the thought police to pick me up.


13 posted on 08/16/2007 10:04:27 PM PDT by occamrzr06 (Artillery don't kill tanks, tanks Kill tanks!)
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To: NormsRevenge
The dems and those on the left who spew their own venom and then claim the high ground had best be careful on the slippery slope leading to the high road.

Lest they go straight to hell in a hand basket.

14 posted on 08/16/2007 10:04:50 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: NormsRevenge

15 posted on 08/16/2007 10:08:14 PM PDT by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: bill1952

That be the one or one of them. Thanks.


16 posted on 08/16/2007 10:10:49 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed)
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To: Graybeard58

They need to look before they leap into this type of thought control or they are going to end up crossing that bridge before they come to it.

People in glass houses and all that. :)


17 posted on 08/16/2007 10:10:49 PM PDT by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
California is already lost.

Seems that way, especially when political expression can be surpressed so lightly. However, my Silverado pick-up has a big, fat, rear window that can serve to counter 'correctness'.

First on my list will be the sticker of Hillary that says: "Even Bill doesn't want me", with a perky, 'no-clue-what-so-ever' expression by Hillary Stalin Clinton.

At approximately 1300 miles a month in the greater Sacramento area, I look forward to the reactions.

18 posted on 08/16/2007 10:30:12 PM PDT by budwiesest (I survived crossing the Folsom Rainbow bridge (built in1917) today.)
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To: bill1952

Thank you...that’s the one. It’s been around for awhile. It’s not P.C. but the truth never is....


19 posted on 08/16/2007 11:03:15 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: NormsRevenge

“The faux “Mexifornia” driver’s license contained a picture of a Mexican worker from a comedy film and said it entitled illegal immigrants to drive, vote, attend college and purchase guns.”....Back the wagon up Pilgrims! , Treasure of the Sierra Madre was not a comedy film! What idiot put that in print?


20 posted on 08/16/2007 11:11:22 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: NormsRevenge

This is nothing more than a lampoon. There is a serious problem and someone roasted the illegal immigrant with this fictitous license.

Let me ask anyone to answer these questions. Which is worse, to lampoon the illegal alien like this, or to listen to the news and find out illegal aliens have killed more US Citizens? Tell me, which was more racist? Too large a percentage of illegal aliens don’t value the life of a US Citizen at all. They steal from us, flout our laws, savage our health care and education systems.

So, I ask, is the lampoon the worst?

What about the rapes of US Citizen women? Is that worse than the lampoon? What about the molestations and rapes of our girls and boys? What about the drop in San Antonio of vehicle theafts by 50% once the border was brought under control there? Was that racist behavior against US Citzens as evil as the mighty lampoon? What about burglaries, thefts, gang activities, almost exclusively against US Citizens? I guess that pales in the light of the mighty lampoon.

Good God folks, when in the Sam Hell did up become down, left become right, black become white, the US become Mexico and the brilliant thought processes of those supposed to be the guardians of our nation become what now passes for the intelligence of our politicians and newspaper reporters.

These folks belong on a reality show where they can ask for help, call a friend, parley with a family member or when all else fails, buy a clue.

F those that can’t see the difference between a lampoon and Murder One. Screw those who think we’re the racists and the illegal aliens who savage the US public at will, the rightous.

This is one US Citizen that isn’t going to take this any longer. I’ll be making some contacts with the idiot sticks pushing this racist charge. When I’m done they’re going to have had an ear or eye full believe me.

It’s time to take this nation back, and if some don’t like the sound of that, I’m more than willing to see them slink off south of the border with the others who think our nation is here for the pickings, no responsibility or loyalty due in return.


21 posted on 08/16/2007 11:13:00 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: TommyDale; Liz

Unbelievable!
(That pic sure made it around!)

Note to Mr. Wakim—if you’re in my district, I’ll vote for ya!


22 posted on 08/16/2007 11:45:32 PM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: NormsRevenge

I don’t want anyone in government that does not hate the invading hordes of criminals.


23 posted on 08/17/2007 12:53:01 AM PDT by the gillman@blacklagoon.com
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To: DoughtyOne
"This is nothing more than a lampoon. There is a serious problem and someone roasted the illegal immigrant with this fictitious license."

Yeah, I thought the fictitious license was funny too. Apparently, "Hate Speech" is any opinion which is not in lock-step with their so-called progressive agenda for America and ultimately the world. Surely they are as disturbed as the Islamists in their demented and twisted vision for mankind. This is pure Stalinism and I find it chilling. Do they not play the ignorant with calculated mis-direction?

This also ties in with with the so-called "Fairness Doctrine" and the attacks on Talk Radio (read Conservative Talk Radio). Look at the increasing frequency in attempts to silence Limbaugh, Savage, and other conservative talk radio hosts. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors attempted to brand him as a racist, invited mobs to protest outside of the radio station he broadcasts from (which were bussed in from who knows where) in order to silence him as well.

Seems like we are well beyond 1984...

24 posted on 08/17/2007 1:01:34 AM PDT by awaken2spirit (When one fornicates with ignorance, the result of that union is chaos.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Wow, the America-haters are out in force. No free speech or truth permitted!

I can't believe this is happening in America! If we're going to keep this nation things better happen soon to change the direction we're headed.

25 posted on 08/17/2007 1:32:25 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: awaken2spirit

I appreciate your comments. That busing tactic is very effective.

With regard to the busing, four questions come to mind. Who pays for the buses? Who has the time to drop everything, ride on the bus to a remote location and back, plus spend hours on site? Are these people being paid to do this? If so, who is paying them?

All the A.N.S.W.E.R. rallies use this tactic. They get thousands of people to show up at rallies where we get twenty. One of my observations was that many of the people showing up looked as if they were on some kind of public assistance. Others looked like union members.

Are union members showing up with pay? Is some sort of public funding paying folks to show up for the day when they protest? Are the buses being paid for with public funds?

Do university staff members promote these rallies and offer extra credit or some grade remuneration for those who participate on behalf of Marxist causes?

I would dearly love for the feds to do a paper trail on these leftist organizations. Tens of thousands of people don’t drop everything they are doing for politics, without something going on under the surface other than personal devotion to this nation.


26 posted on 08/17/2007 1:49:36 AM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: NormsRevenge

Sam is in my district and was my dentist. He is of Lebanese heritage and his wife is a (legal) immigrant. Every moderate we have had appointed from this district to represent our area on the Regional Board has been shot down by some environmental/activist hit job. The first was Georgi, who was ousted on some hate speech allegation. The second was Sommarstrom who was ousted on a conflict of interest allegation. And now there is Sam - one of the nicest fellows you would ever want to meet. It is so obvious that the leftists don’t want anyone on the Regional Board who could mess with their hit job on farmers, ranchers, loggers, miners and the four Klamath River dams.


27 posted on 08/17/2007 1:55:30 AM PDT by marsh2
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To: marsh2

Be carefull posting Conservative messages on your car. Liberals are criminals who will gladly key, dent or deface your vehicle.
I often dream of putting George Bush bumper stickers on Volvo SUV’s.


28 posted on 08/17/2007 4:21:51 AM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: Oldexpat

and coat with a clear epoxy.


29 posted on 08/17/2007 5:41:24 AM PDT by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: NormsRevenge; calcowgirl; forester; marsh2; sasquatch
I know Sam personally. Good guy.

They wanted him off the Water Board because he was asking too many questions. It's too bad he gave them this excuse, but I don't think it will hurt him in his Assembly run.

30 posted on 08/17/2007 7:41:57 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (Islam offers three choices: fight, submit, or die.)
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Note to Mr. Wakim—if you’re in my district, I’ll vote for ya!

He's in Siskiyou.

31 posted on 08/17/2007 7:45:18 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (Islam offers three choices: fight, submit, or die.)
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To: DoughtyOne
I would dearly love for the feds to do a paper trail on these leftist organizations.

There's no need.

32 posted on 08/17/2007 7:47:25 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (Islam offers three choices: fight, submit, or die.)
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To: Carry_Okie
He's in Siskiyou.

Where? (just kiddin! I realized that after seeing Marsh's comments).

33 posted on 08/17/2007 7:49:05 AM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: NormsRevenge

He needs a thicker skin than that. Ridiculous.

He isn’t a child on a playground.


34 posted on 08/17/2007 7:50:58 AM PDT by television is just wrong (deport all illegal aliens NOW. Put all AMERICANS TO WORK FIRST. END WELFARE.)
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To: television is just wrong

He was appointed by the Gov. but hasn’t been confirmed yet. Since the complaint came from the Democratic leader of the state Senate, I would hazard a guess that he would not be confirmed. Why go through a very nasty confirmation hearing which will draw out all sorts of bogus accusations when you are planning a political run for the Assembly?

It is very clear that the leftists do not want anyone who is representative of the rural population that is being regulated with such a heavy hand to be on the regulatory board. It is patently unfair to be regulated by others without any representation.


35 posted on 08/17/2007 10:47:12 AM PDT by marsh2
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To: marsh2

...and it’s clear Perata is owned and operated by the leftists...


36 posted on 08/17/2007 6:15:42 PM PDT by sasquatch
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To: Carry_Okie

Thanks. I’ll check it out.

I’ve found it rather informative to go to sites and look at all the links provided. It’s generally an eye opener.


37 posted on 08/18/2007 1:43:17 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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